Laser-Cooled Atoms Group

Laser-Cooled Atoms Group

Creighton UniversityDepartment of Physics

Jonathan P. Wrubel, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

This is the research group page of the Laser-Cooled Atoms Group at Creighton University led by Dr. Jonathan Wrubel. Our group is building an experiment to probe quantum physics in a Bose-Einstein condensate of 41K (potassium-41).  This fascinating state of matter is made by using lasers to cool gas atoms down to temperature below a millionth of a degree above absolute zero.  This novel state allows us to study quantum magnetism.

Laser-cooled atoms lab at Creighton University


Masters Research Fellowship in Potassium Bose-Einstein Condensation

The Laser-Cooled Atoms Group at Creighton University has an open fellowship position for a student interested in pursuing research in experimental ultracold atom physics and Bose-Einstein condensation. The fellowship includes full tuition remission and stipend for 2 years.

Students will have an opportunity to work in a unique experiment using lasers to cool a gas of potassium to millionths of a degree above absolute zero. Applicants should have a strong interest in quantum or atomic physics and significant experimental physics research experience. Students will have an opportunity to learn atomic and quantum physics, advanced optics techniques, ultra-high vacuum techniques, and to work with cutting-edge radio-frequency electronics.

Experience in any of these areas is a benefit, but not required. If you are a quick learner, interested in this field, and good in a lab, then this experiment is for you!

False-color image of ultracold potassium-41 atoms in a magneto-optical trap


External-Cavity Diode Laser

Current group members

Past group members

Jonathan Mon, 01/07/2013 - 17:19